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Head-to-head: Berdych leads 3-2

2005 Bastad Clay Nadal won 26 62 64

2005 AMS Cincinnati Hard Berdych won 67 62 76

2006 AMS Toronto Hard Berdych won 61 36 62

2006 AMS Madrid Hard Berdych won 63 76

2007 AMS Monte Carlo Clay (O) Nadal won 60 75

Berdych is one of only four active players to have a winning record against Nadal, where there has been more than one career meeting.

This is also a match-up between two players with the best five-set records. Berdych holds the Open Era record for the greatest number of five-set victories with no defeats, with his perfect 9-0 record in five-set matches, while Nadal’s two five-set wins at this tournament advance his record to 9-2.

Nadal came back from two-sets-to-love down to defeat Mikhail Youzhny 46 36 61 62 62 in his second successive five-set victory to advance to his second Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Nadal’s victory over Youzhny followed a 64 64 67 46 75 third round defeat of Robin Soderling in a match that spanned five days due to rain. Earlier, he defeated Mardy Fish 63 76 63 in the first round and Werner Eschauer 62 64 61 in the second.

Nadal is now on a seven match winning streak in five-set matches. His defeat of Youzhny marked the third time in his career that he has won from two-sets-to-love down: at 2005 AMS Madrid, he overcame Ivan Ljubicic 36 26 63 64 76 in the final and at last year’s Wimbledon, he defeated qualifier Robert Kendrick 67 36 76 75 64 in the second round.

Nadal has already appeared in the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams – 2005-2007 Roland Garros (eventual champion), 2006 Wimbledon (runner-up), 2006 US Open (lost at that stage) and 2007 Australian Open (lost at that stage).

Nadal has a 12-4 record against Czechs, three of those losses being to Berdych.

Nadal reached the 2006 Wimbledon final, losing to Roger Federer 60 76 67 63, marking the first time in the Open Era that the Roland Garros and Wimbledon finals had featured the same two men in the same season, and the first time since 1952 that it had happened.

Nadal was the second Spanish man in history to reach the final here, after Manolo Santana won the title in 1966. He also recorded the best performance by a reigning Roland Garros champion at Wimbledon since Andre Agassi advanced to the final here in 1999.

Having just won Roland Garros for the third time, Nadal now has another chance to become the third man in the Open Era, after Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg, to win both the Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles the same year. Borg achieved the feat for three years in succession 1978-80, while Laver also did it in 1962, one of eight men to achieve this in the pre-Open Era. [For more details, see page 4 of the Preview.]

Nadal’s Roland Garros triumph marked his fifth title this season. He also won at AMS Indian Wells (d. Novak Djokovic 62 75), AMS Monte Carlo (d. Roger Federer 64 64), Barcelona (d. Guillermo Canas 63 64), and AMS Rome (d. Fernando Gonzalez 62 62). He leads the tour for titles won so far in 2007.

Nadal warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Queen’s for the second successive year. He lost in the last eight to eventual runner-up Nicolas Mahut 75 76.

After losing five round of 16 Grand Slam matches, Berdych broke through to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and is having the best season of his career. He defeated No. 19 seed Jonas Bjorkman 64 60 67 60 in the round of 16, following victories over Nicolas Massu 76 64 62 in the first round, Michael Llodra 76 76 36 76 in the second and Hyung-Taik Lee 64 76 76 in the third.

This is Berdych’s fourth straight appearance at Wimbledon. Since his debut in 2004 when he lost in the first round, he has improved on his performance every year. In 2005 he reached the third round, losing to Taylor Dent 63 76 63; and last year as No. 13 seed he won through to the round of 16, losing to Roger Federer 63 63 64.

Mirroring his ever-improving performance at The Championships, Berdych also went one step further than his runner-up finish at 2006 Halle by winning the title at Halle last month. Last year, he lost in the final to Roger Federer 60 67 62, but this year, as No. 4 seed, he defeated Marcos Baghdatis 75 64 in the final to win his first grass court title and first title of 2007. He has now won 18 out of 25 career grass court matches.

For the past five years, the Wimbledon champion has warmed up for The Championships by winning one of the pre-Wimbledon grass court titles. Roger Federer won the title at Halle in 2003-2006 and went on to lift the trophy at Wimbledon, however this year chose not to contest his usual warm-up event. In 2002, Lleyton Hewitt triumphed at Queen’s Club before winning Wimbledon.

Berdych is bidding to become just the third Czech man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, alongside Jan Kodes (1972-73) and Ivan Lendl (1983-84, 1986-90). There has not been a Czech man in the Wimbledon semifinals since Lendl in 1990. Berdych is bidding to go one step further than Radek Stepanek last year, who lost at the quarterfinal stage to Jonas Bjorkman 76 46 67 76 64.

Berdych broke into the Top 10 for the first time on 23 October 2006 after a successful year. As well as reaching the final at Halle (see above), he was runner-up at Mumbai and a semifinalist at Adelaide, Stuttgart and AMS Madrid. He plays here just outside of the Top 10 at No. 11.

This is Berdych’s highest-ever Grand Slam seeding: his previous best was No. 10 at 2007 Roland Garros.

Against Top 5 opponents, Berdych has a 5-11 record with three of the five victories being over Nadal (see head-to-head above). He made headlines with his first victory over a Top 5 player when, ranked No. 79, he upset No. 1 Roger Federer 46 75 75 in the second round at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Berdych’s record against Top 5 players is poorer at majors. He has never beaten a Top 5 player at a Grand Slam event, losing all four such matches he has played.

Berdych faces his second lefthander of the tournament today and is on a five-match winning streak against lefthanded players. Overall, he has a 19-5 record against lefthanders, his last loss being to Nadal at AMS Monte Carlo this year.

Berdych is currently on an eight-match winning streak having won the Halle title last month. Prior to Halle, his highlight of 2007 was winning four matches in a row to reach the semifinals at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Rafael Nadal 60 75). He had further clay court success, reaching the semifinals at Munich, quarterfinals at AMS Rome, and also won three matches at the World Team Cup in May to help Czech Republic reach the final.

In Grand Slam play this year, Berdych reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open as No. 13 seed, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 57 64 61 76, but lost in the first round of Roland Garros as No. 10 seed to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 64 64. He has reached the round of 16 at all of the other three majors.

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Second seed Rafael Nadal made a dramatic comeback against Mikhail Youzhny in round four in Wimbledon.

Nadal was on Court Two 24 hours after his five-day epic with Robin Soderling, and it looked a match too far when he dropped the first two sets.

But the Spaniard battled back to win 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 and set up a quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.

There were also fourth-round wins for Novak Djokovic and Marcos Baghdatis.

On a raucous Court 13, Baghdatis gave the crowd plenty to cheer with a straight-sets win over Nikolay Davydenko.

A large Cypriot contingent cheered the 10th seed’s every move as he saw off the Russian sixth seed 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to reach the last eight.

Baghdatis will face Djokovic, who beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 7-6 4-6 7-6, in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic won the first two sets in a tie-break, proving once more that he is the best when it comes to tie-breaks. Hewitt came back in the third set winning it 6-4. In the break between the third and the fourth set Djokovic asked for a medical time-out as he was complaining about the pain in the back.

In the fourth set Hewitt broke Djokovic’s serve twice, but Djokovic answered both times, second time being when Hewitt was serving for the set at 5-4. In the end they played a tie-break which Djokovic won to secure an epic victory for him.

Czech 14th seed Berdych beat Jonas Bjorkman 6-4 6-0 6-7 (6-8) 6-0.

(source: BBC)

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Tomas Berdych had to battle through three tight sets against South Korea’s Hyung-Taik Lee to reach the fourth round. The Czech eventually won 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3).

The opening set was a little predictable, with both men holding their service games as they sized each other up, looking for weaknesses to exploit. It was in the sixth game that Berdych took his opportunity to break Lee. The Korean was serving with the slower balls that were about to be replaced in the following game, allowing Berdych to hit strong returns and earn two break points. He converted one to take the first set 6-4.

The Czech was serving at 3-2 to Lee and advantage to Berdych when rain halted the action and the players had to wait until Monday to continue.

When the battle restarted today, Berdych and Lee traded blows from the baseline and held their service games to take the second set to a tiebreak.

Berdych then found the level of play that earned him his first grass court title in Halle. He left the Korean battered and bruised in a series of points that saw the Czech win the tiebreak 7-2. He maintained his momentum to hold serve in the third set and then immediately broke the deflating Lee.

But then, just as the set seemed to be slipping away from him, Lee astonishingly had three rare break points on the Czech’s serve, to the delight of the large number of Koreans in the crowd. Lee’s revival almost took the match into a fourth set as he fought back to another tiebreak. But Berdych showed his class by stamping his authority again in the tiebreak, winning it 7-3.

(source: Wimbledon, photo: getty images)

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Roger Federer’s task of trying to win five Wimbledon titles in succession begins on the Centre Court on Monday, when he takes on the Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili.

It may look a less than demanding start for Federer because the 22-year-old Gabashvili is making his debut in Wimbledon. Gabashvili played in France, but he had to retire in the first round.

Federer will be the first leading player to experience the Centre Court at Wimbledon minus its roof and test his sliks before the latter stages of the tournament come.

Marat Safin, the former US and Australian Open champion whose best Wimbledon was in 2001 when he was a quarter-finalist, should be Federer’s third round opponent. Tommy Haas of Germany, seeded tenth, is likely to be in line for the fourth round followed by fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the quarter-finals.

Third seed Andy Roddick, who has lost in two Wimbledon finals to Federer, begins against fellow American Justin Gimelstob and has the British No.1 Andy Murray, seeded eighth, in his half of the draw.

Murray – who has still to decide whether he will be able to compete because of wrist injury – beat Roddick at Wimbledon last year. Should they meet this year, it would be at the quarter-final stage.

Second seed Rafael Nadal, who won his third successive French Open title earlier this month, begins his challenge against the world no. 36 Mardy Fish of the USA, who has twice been in the third round at Wimbledon.

Fellow Spaniard, Tommy Robredo should be Nadal’s fourth round opponent but it is the seventh seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, in his fourth Wimbledon, who could present problems to Nadal in the quarter-finals. Berdych, 21, had his best Wimbledon last year with a place in the fourth round where he was beaten by Federer.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, in his highest seeded place, fourth, is in line to play Nadal at the semi-final stage having been beaten by the Spaniard at the same stage of the French Open. Djokovic has the prospect of the heavy serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in the third round.

Lleyton Hewitt, winner in 2002 and the only other champion in the draw apart from Federer, is seeded sixteenth and is in the same half of the draw as Nadal. Hewitt opens against the British wildcard entry Richard Bloomfield.

(source: Wimbledon)

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As the seeds for the Wimbledon tournament have been announced for both gentemen and ladies, it is time to look at the top ones.

1. Roger Federer

The World No. 1 is a strong favorite to successfully defend his Wimbledon title. He has not lost a grass-court match since suffering a 3-6, 6-7(2), 3-6, loss to Croatia’s Mario Ancic in the opening round of the 2002 Wimbledon. He has not participated in any tournaments on grass before Wimbledon this year, deciding to rest for the big event.

2. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal was the only man to take a set from Federer at the All England Club last year, where they played in the final. This year, Nadal played in Queens where he lost to Niclolas Mahut in the quaterfinal.

3. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick has played two times in the final of Wimbledon and both times he lost to Roger Federer. Roddick, who reached successive Wimbledon finals in 2004 and 2005, lost to Andy Murray in the third round last year. Roddick ripped 24 aces and saved a match point in edging Nicolas Mahut, to capture his fourth career Queen’s Club crown this year.

4. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic played in Queen’s Club, and lost to Arnaud Clement in the third round. Last year he was beaten by Mario Ancic in Wimbledon. Novak has been working hard for the grass court season, as he appointed Mark Woodford to help him prepare.

5. Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez played in Queen’s Club this year where he lost to the Russian Dmitry Tursunov. Last year he was stopped by David Ferrer in the last 32, which was then a big surprise as Ferrer is a clay court specialist. Gonzalez can be a threat on grass, especially because of his big forehand.

6. Nikolay Davydenko

He did not have much success on grass throuhout his career, and that is the reason he is seeded at number 6 despite being third on the ATP list. This year he played in Halle where he lost to Florian Mayer, and last year in Wimbledon he lost to Alejandro Falla (ranked 127 back then) in the first round.

7. Tomas Berdych

We will have to pay close attention on Tomas Berdych on Wimbledon as he is one of the best players on grass in the world. He won the trophy in Halle this year beating the likes of Nieminen and Baghdatis. Last year in Wibledon he defeated the likes of Fabrice Santoro and Tommy Haas, before eventually losing to Roger Federer in R16.

8. Andy Murray

The Brittish hope is still undecided whether he will participate in Wimbledon or not, because of his wrist injury. It will be hard for him to reach top gear right away, but anyway he is still one of the favourites because of his talent.

9. James Blake

Not the best of seasons for James Blake, looking the whole season. On grass he played in Halle and lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quaterfinal. Last year in Wimbledon he lost to Max Mirnyi in R16.

10. Marcos Baghdatis

Atother player our eyes should be focused on, as he has great results on grass. He played the final in Halle where he lost to Tomas Berdych, and last year in Wimbledon he reached the semifinal where he lost to Rafael Nadal. Look for Baghdatis to reach one of the top spots on this years Wimbledon.

(source: tennisweek)

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The seeding for next week’s Wimbledon championships were announced on Wednesday with the All England Club again using players’ grass-court credentials to come up with their top 32. Unlike the other Grand Slams where the top 32 seeds in the men’s and women’s singles are decided purely on world rankings, Wimbledon takes into account results on grass in the past two years, particularly in the men’s draw.

For example, Tomas Berdych who is seeded seventh in the men’s event compared to a world ranking of 11.

Russian world men’s No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko drops to sixth in the seeding, meaning Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez go up to fourth and fifth respectively.

World No. 7 Tommy Robredo finds himself down at 11th because of his poor record on grass.

Marcos Baghdatis, a semifinalist last year, is seeded 10th, six places higher than his world ranking.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, was No. 16, three spots above his ranking.

Here are the seeded players:

1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Roddick
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Fernando Gonzalez
6. Nikolay Davydenko
7. Tomas Berdych
8. Andy Murray
9. James Blake
10. Marcos Baghdatis
11. Tommy Robredo
12. Richard Gasquet
13. Tommy Haas
14. Mikhail Youzhny
15. Ivan Ljubicic
16. Lleyton Hewitt
17. David Ferrer
18. Mario Ancic
19. Jarkko Nieminen
20. Jonas Bjorkman
21. Juan Carlos Ferrero
22. Dmitry Tursunov
23. Guillermo Canas
24. David Nalbandian
25. Juan Ignacio Chela
26. Carlos Moya
27. Marat Safin
28. Philipp Kohlschreiber
29. Robin Soderling
30. Agustin Calleri
31. Filippo Volandri
32. Juan Monaco

(source: ESPN)

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Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis will face fourth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

The Cypriot, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Sunday, defeated Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 6-4.

Baghdatis, who is chasing his third ATP title, beat Berdych on clay in the pair’s only previous meeting last year.

Berdych got the better of Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 6-4 to reach the final for the second year in a row.

The Czech player, who lost to Roger Federer in last year’s final, came from 4-3 down in the second set to win.

Baghdatis was under pressure from Kohlschreiber right from the start but the German failed to take his chances, including two chances to break in the ninth game.

But the Cypriot dominated the tie-break to break three times and win it 7-1 and he then came from 0-40 down to hold serve in the sixth game and broke Kohlschreiber in the next to set up victory.

It would be a nice birthday present for Marcos Baghdatis if he could win the title in Halle.

(source: BBC)

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